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Special Officer Enrique El Paso Police Department, Texas

Special Officer

Enrique "Yaqui" Rivera

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 25, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 93

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Commuted to life

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Special Officer Enrique Rivera was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance at a local dance hall. He was inside the dance hall when he heard two gun shots fired outside. When he went downstairs to investigate he was shot three times. His body was found in the street by a police captain. He was transported to Emergency Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the evening.

The suspect was apprehended several months later and sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted to life in prison on July 30, 1925.

Special Officer Rivera served as the driver of the city's chain gang truck and held a special police commission. He was a WWI veteran. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.

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Seeking descendants of "Yaqui" Rivera for the El Paso Police Museum project. Contact Randolph McDorman at: [email protected]

Randolph McDorman
El Paso PD (Retired)
July 12, 2016


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